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Job Title:  Paralegal Specialist
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys
Job Announcement Number:  PH-14-PG-1142323

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$39,179.00 to $50,932.00 / Per Year
Thursday, July 3, 2014 to Thursday, July 17, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Albany, NY View Map
Syracuse, NY View Map
United States Citizens
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If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career, this is the position for you! With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty, and the property of citizens.

The United States Attorney's Office is a great place to work. The Department of Justice ranked #5 out of 33 large Federal cabinet agencies and the Executive United States Attorney's Office/United States Attorney's Offices ranked #55 out of 240 agency subcomponents in a study, "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2013 Ratings" published by the Partnership for Public Service. See For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices, visit

This position is also open under merit promotion procedures.  If you are interested in applying under merit promotion, please visit announcement PH-14-PG-1118743.

One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement. 


  • Occasional Travel
  • 1-5 days


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section)
  • Background investigation, credit check, and drug test required.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.


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As a Paralegal Specialist for the Civil Division in the United States Attorney's Office (USAO, you will be responsible for:

  • Reviewing a variety of legal files to prepare comprehensive summaries and reports; 
  • Assisting attorneys in pretrial preparations, such as compiling and organizing evidentiary exhibits and preparing visual aids;
  • Performing legal research on issues relevant to assigned cases; 
  • Assisting with witness preparation;
  • Providing a variety of administrative support services to the office attorneys;
  •  Reviewing and organizing complex factual material and other documentary data for investigations and trials;
  • Providing advice on the most efficient method for preparing legal documents;
  • Using tables and citation checking with efficiency;
  • Preparing a variety of substantive legal documents to include answers to complaints, interrogatory requests, demands to produce and other documents relevant to acquiring evidence or testimony, trial memoranda and trial subpoenas;
  • Developing and entering various case material into a computer database;
  • Preparing charts, graphs, and tables to illustrate results;
  • Preparing, developing, compiling , or maintaining jury instructions in preparing for trial;
  • Preparing exhibits for trial which typically involve a wide range of visual materials; and
  • Providing litigation case management and organize cases for court presentation.


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In order to be qualified for this position, you must possess one of the following:

A. A bachelor's degree AND meet one of the following provisions for Superior Academic Achievement: 1. A standing in the upper third of your college class or major subdivision (e.g. school of business) at the time you apply. 2. A grade point average of "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent for all courses completed; (a) at the time of application; or (b) during the last two years of your undergraduate curriculum. 3. A "B+" (3.5. on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent for all courses completed in a qualifying major field of study, either:(a) at the time of application; or (b) during the last 2 years of your undergraduate curriculum. 4. Election to membership in one of the national honorary societies (other than freshman societies).   - OR - 
B. One full year of graduate level study, or possess a Master's or higher degree, e.g., LL.B, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D, in law or a legal field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position. GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study. 
- OR - 
C. At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service collecting and examining case related documents to provide background information to attorneys ; examining claims or applications to determine their completeness, compliance with policies, and/or relevance to a case or legal action; and assisting with the preparation of case files, exhibits, or other legal instruments; reviewing legal documents to extract information related to specific issues; verifying citations and statutory references contained in legal documents; and utilizing various computerized database programs to organize documents.
- OR - 
D. A combination of graduate education described in "B" and experience described in "C" which equals 100% of the total requirement.  TO COMBINE:  (If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3). To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the number of your graduate semester hours by 18. Refer to the qualification requirements above for a description of the type of experience that is considered qualifying. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify under the combination of education and experience.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.  Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.


Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ’s Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.



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You can review our benefits at:

The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference see

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ). 

Career Transition Assistance Programs (CTAP/ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an CTAP/ICTAP eligible see To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.



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The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, July 17, 2014.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJobs resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJobs account ( and select the Application Status link.  Then, select the More Information link for this position.  The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJobs account and click "Update Application" in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJobs account or your application will be incomplete.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 1142323.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire
View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1. Your Résumé:  Resumes should include full description of job duties as well as dates (mm/yr) of employment
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:

  • Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable 
  • College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education

All application materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST Thursday, July 17, 2014 


Philadelphia Services Branch
Phone: (215)861-3074
Agency Information:
Philadelphia Services Branch
US Office of Personnel Management
600 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks)

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